Princess Books

Princess and The Pizza

Like most kids my son is a fan of princesses, when I ask him why he loves his princess sippy cups best of all he says ” Because there are pretty girls all over them.” Makes sense. I expect more of princess books though, I don’t want to feed the princess obsession too much and think these books do a great job of balancing the fun and the healthy sides of our princess obsessed kids.

The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herb Auch is really a cute re telling of the classic Princess and the Pea. They have modernized it and made it a little more feminist in the process, exactly my kind of book. The text is a little long for toddlers but my son sat through about half before wanting to go back and look at the illustration of the horse on the first page. The message is sweet, saying that a woman doesn’t need a man or marriage to attain her goals! Beware though it will make you crave pizza!

Princess Smarty Pants

Princess Smartypants by Brenda Cole is the antithesis of the classic beautiful frail princess stories, but it still ends with happily ever after.  Princess Smartypants does her own thing and doesn’t understand why her family is so obsessed with finding her a husband. She bends to their wishes but still does things her way. I think this is a great message about happiness and confidence for girls and balances out some of the other princess stories. She was happy just the way she is and didn’t  need a spouse to feel complete.


Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. I was initially told about this book and it’s authors by another mom who’s son loves this book. So don’t think that just because the cover looks rather feminine that your boys won’t love this book too! The little girl eats far too many pink cupcakes and before she knows it she has turned pink! To return to her normal self she needs to eat her vegetables! I like this book, and can see why kids do too. I don’t think that all characters can be perfectly pious meek and mild but I do understand when parents are leery of introducing characters that they see as disobedient to their kids. Seeing other children behave in ways that are not allowed at their house is a fantastic lesson  for readers. It opens a dialog with you and your child. Princess Pruney Toes

Good Night, Princess Pruney Toes by Lisa McCourt  is a fun carefree book about a happy loving father and daughter. Princess Pruney Toes emerges from her bath to rule over her kingdom before bed. I love that the dad in this story follows along with his daughter’s imagination. I think it’s so important for parents to play with their kids and what’s better than pretend play? This lovely book is another fresh look at what makes a princess and that even princesses wishes can be easy to grant.


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is one of my very favorite books. Some parents have shared their dislike of Elizabeth’s outburst at the end calling Ronald a bum but I think not only is it justified, he treated her horribly, but people say things when they are angry and you can easily use it to teach your child about anger. I think it’s a wonderful story about a princess taking things into her own hands and saving herself and the prince! My kind of fairytale.

What’s your favorite Princess book? Do you think it has a healthy message for kids?

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  1. says

    The Princess Knight is a good one! We also like Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated). Princess Stories: A Classic Illustrated Edition has all the familiar tales. Another favorite here: Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs? Sterling has a unusual and visually stunning picture book coming out this summer: The Secret Lives of Princesses by Philippe Lechermeier.
    .-= Janelle´s last blog ..JellyTelly – Christian Online TV series for kids =-.

  2. says

    I have extremely mixed feelings about the whole princess message, but my 5-year-old doesn’t care. She LOVES everything princess. So I try to keep a sense of perspective about it as best I can. I remember being a huge princess fan at her age, too, and I grew up to be an engineer. Hopefully, as my daughter gets older, my example will be more important to her than the pop culture princesses.

    In the meantime, I love “The Paper Bag Princess”, it’s one of my favourite children’s books ever. I appreciate that it emphasizes intelligence and resourcefulness over beauty.
    .-= Amber´s last blog ..30-Something High School Students =-.

  3. says

    We love Paperbag Princess. My kid’s asked about calling the prince a bum and we discussed it. I’m never against these “sensitive” topics in a kids book as long as it’s well-written and has a good overall message.
    One of our favourites ever is The Tough Princess by Martin Wadell. It’s a story about a King and Queen who foolishly lose their fortunes and depend upon their coming child to raise them back to the previous circumstances. When it turns out the child is a girl they involve a Bad Fairy in their plan. The Princess bops the Bad Fairy then takes off on a journey of rescuing rich princes. But she doesn’t like them so she throws them back.
    It’s a kind of fractured fairy-tale and though my daughter would prefer the princess wear a beautiful gown and I would prefer it not promote “bopping,” it’s a delightful read.
    We also like The Princess Knight. And all our traditional princesses – Rapunzel is a favourite around here, but the closer to original source version as published by Aliz Berezny where Rapunzel is as strong as the prince and rescues him in the end. It’s pretty gothic but the pictures are amazing and the kids love the story.

  4. Wendy says

    Pinkalicious is one of my daughter’s favorite books. We have been on the waiting list in the library for this book for the 3rd time since January. I think I have to get her own copy. We read it twice today.

    Everytime we get to the part of Pinkalicious sticking out her tongue at her Mommy. My daughter says “Pinkalicious has to go into time out”! I make believe the author wrote that part in it. LOL!

  5. says

    Watch out – your son has the right ideas about pretty girls already 🙂 We read many of the books on your list, but my daughter is completely not into princesses. She hated Paper Bag Princess – she found it scary. I do think that it’s a great book for older kids. I was really so-so on Pinkalicious, especially on the fact that she HAD to eat green veggies (very reluctantly) to return to normal. I did chuckle at the ending though. But I have never heard about Princess Pruney Toes – and I believe that this is the one my daughter would love. Thanks for sharing all those great books.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..What My Child Is Reading – March 27, 2010 =-.

  6. says

    Sheila Walsh has a wonderful series of Princess Books about Princess Gigi…and being God’s Little Princess. I am a Christian Mother who LOVES LOVES LOVES everything princess. I am teaching my 2 year old that she is the daughter of the King of Kings…and she is His princess. The Bible teaches a lot about the importance of a kind heart, a gracious spirit, and loving attitude. I don’t see one thing wrong with this kind hearted little girl wearing a boa and a tiarra! Happy Reading! Love your blog. Thank you so much for the time you invest in helping us help our kids learn!

  7. Lisa says

    “Fanny’s dream” and “Sleeping Ugly” are two I really like. The first because we all have our own fairly tale, and the second because it shows that what’s inside is what matters most.

  8. Kelly says

    Princess Grace (of the Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace books) is just great, especially for girls who like princesses, as well as adventuring and all types of other things.


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